In this thread, we provide constructive criticism on specific issues with current mass-market models.
This is not a hate thread.
This is not a love thread.
Advice in this forum comes almost uniformly as "I got an xyz and I love it". While probably true, this does not help the discerning shopper discern between similar bikes. Yes, the real answer is "see what feels best" but touring models are not exactly common in a LBS (4 within a mile of me, none carries a single tourer) and direct comparison is difficult. Help prospective buyers by pointing out specific issues.
Up for discussion (sorted by price):
Windsor Tourist: $600
Jamis Aurora: $850
Novara Safari: $850
Surly Long Haul Trucker: $930
Novarra Randonee: $950
Fuji Touring: $950
Trek 520: $1250
Rocky Mountain Sherpa 30: $1500
Cannondale Touring 1: $1800
Koga-Miyata ***Traveller: ?
(miss any? current models only)
("custom" models removed. They're very expensive and sidelining the conversation)
You may give praise only as a direct counterpoint to a stated negative aspect of another model. Please do not respond "but I love my xyz!" It would be more constructive to say "I never had an issue with the problem you're describing".
- Please give specific criticisms. Criticizing price alone is not helpful.
- Please do not attack each other, stick to the bikes.